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ABD-TTN-HABl's MOSQUE.                                             15-1

1.    In the reign  of Shah Alamgir Hnhinddin Waimiilah, the king of
the world, Aurangzeb, who is adorned with justice,

2.    The lustre of Lsldm shone forth to iike glory of God ; for Abd-un-Kabi
Khan built this beautifel mosque,

3.    This second { Holy Temple* caused the idols to bow down in worship.
Ton will now see the tree meaning of the text, * Truth came and error vanished.
[« Koran, XVII. 83'.]

4 Whilst I searched for a tdrffch, a voice cam© from b'iissM Truth,
ordering me to say ' Abd-nn-Nabi Kh£n is the feoilder of iMs beautiful
mosque.' A.E. 1071, or 1660-61.

1.    May iMs Jama Masjid of majestic structure shine forth for ever like
the hearts of the pious !

2.    Its roof is high like aspirations of love ; its court-yard is wide like
the arena of thought, *

The foonder is first mentioned by the Mahammadan historians as lighting
on iihe side of Dara Shikoh at the battle of Samogarh in 1658.    About a

•week after the defeat, he joined Anrangzeb and was immediately appointed
faiijdar of Itawa. This office he retained only till the following year, when
he -was transfered to Sirhind and thence, after a few months, to Mathura.
Here he remained from Aognst, 1660, to Hay, 1668, when3 as we have already
mentioned, he met Ms death at Sahora,.a village in && MaM-baa Dargana
on the opposite* side of the Jamnno, while engaged in quelling a popular
Inwzte. The author of the Maasir-i-Alamgiii says of Mm: — " He was an
excellent and pious man, and as courageous in war as successful in Ms admin-
istration. He has left a mosque in Mathura as a monument, which, for a long
time to com©, will remind people of him. Muhammad Anwar, Ms nephew,
received from ffis Majesty a mourning dress of honour ; but the property of
ihe deceased lapsed (according to custom) to the State, and the Imperial
Mutasaddis reported it to be 93,000 gold nrahrs, 13,00,000 mpee% and

* £o? this and otb^t tranalafcioms. fej&m the Persian I mm indebted to tbe kindoess of the
late MX. BlocfamarnBji who^e inmeose fnad of inf ormatioB. was. always at the Benrice of all
enquirers, and whose niiiimelj ctesHi ii an ifrepasable loss to the CsJcutts Bpmclii of t&e Asiatic
Society, of irMck he wm far many yeajs the Secft taij.